March of Dimes 60th Anniversary Celebration Video

March of Dimes 60th Anniversary Celebration Video


[soft guitar background music]
Happy 60th anniversary Ontario March of Dimes [laughs] (male narrator)
A lot can happen in 60 years a disease can be cured, communities grow, age and change. And organizations also change. In the 1940’s and 50’s, polio was the most dreaded disease striking fear in the hearts of Canadians, causing disability and sometimes death. And it was the children who were the most vulnerable. 60 years ago, March of Dimes was created. A group of dedicated women, known as
‘The Marching Mothers’, led a fundraising campaign to find a way
to end polio. And with their dedication,
researchers discovered a vaccine in 1955. But our work didn’t end with the discovery
of the polio vaccine, it grew and changed. March of Dimes expanded it’s mission
to care for people with physical disabilities, regardless of their cause. Our programs help empower people
to live independent lives. Whether it’s finding employment,
getting a needed mobility device, home modifications, receiving support from another
stroke or polio survivor, or participating in recreational opportunities today’s March of Dimes now offers one-stop opportunities
for independence for Canadians with disabilities. [soft guitar music] Now if it wasn’t for March of Dimes, I wouldn’t be involved in the Conductive Education Program, and this program is so great because it has taught me many skills that I need to be successful in my everyday life. I have a lot more confidence and March of Dimes staff and friends have sta-
have helped me start to believe in myself more. Thank you for, uh, letting me have my independence,
like I do today, and letting me go to school, and all-
all kinds of things like that, travel… Whatever people do in life,
that’s what the March of Dimes has provided for me. …and I’m one of thousands of people they help
over the years and on behalf of ‘The Hamilton Young Stroke Survivors’
and myself, I’d like to wish the March of Dimes
a happy 60th anniversary, and thank them for all they do. Hello, I’m Rick Mercer. Congratulations to March of Dimes Canada
on the occasion of your 60th anniversary. So, I just want to say congratulations to
the March of Dimes. 60 years of absolutely incredible work. Congratulations March of Dimes on 60 years, providing Canadians with disabilities
opportunities for independence. …countless, uh, number of people, uh, being helped.
Countless number of hours put in, uh, it’s hard to imagine a world…
without a March of Dimes. March of Dimes, you are the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Take it from me. [music ends] [no audio]

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